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"The early bird catches the worm - but the second mouse gets the cheese" - Jon Hammond

I don't really know why I'm up this early. Lately I've started waking up around 5am, lollygagging in bed 'til at least 5:30, maybe getting up to let the dog out by 6am. But I woke up the first time to go to the bathroom at 4:30, and then dozed off and on until the dog poked me just before five - what's up with that?

So, I'm up - not a bad thing, and actually probably a plus since there's so much to do today and tomorrow before my trip next week. I'm reading in Ephesians 1, where Paul writes that it's God's plan to bring everything together under Christ:
Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we're a free people--free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. (Eph. 1:7-10, msg)
So much of our world seems to be falling apart, and so much time & effort is put into separating the right side from the wrong side. What will we do when we find out that God's plan has been to bring us all together? How would we as Christians impact the world around us if we stopped pointing fingers of condemnation and started living out this plan that God's already got on the table? The Law has its place, but it's not our job to judge as much as it's our opportunity to show others that we've messed up, too; that we've broken His commands and have still been forgiven in Christ. We're to show the world around us what it's like to love each other, to enjoy each other, to forgive and encourage each other. Whether we're up for the worm, or laying around and waiting for the cheese - I just hope we're big enough to enjoy being together.


Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

More and more I'm coming to the realisation that we truly do live in a broken world and it's not up to us to fix it.

Our part is to live as God directs us and to show love to others. Rather than us telling others that they've got it wrong and that they need to change, we need to introduce them to Jesus who will bathe their wounds and then correct their actions and behaviours in love.

Many Christians seem to think that we should be changing the world to fit how we want it to be. This makes us view anyone who doesn't fall into line as the enemy. They're not the enemy, they are people who need the healing grace of Jesus just as we do. Are we presenting grace or judgement?

18/8/05 10:12 PM  

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